featured imageAnTuTu Lists Top 10 Smartphones of December 2018: Nubia Red Magic Mars, Huawei Mate 20 Series Grab Top Spots

Nubia Red Magic Mars is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor


  • Five phones on the list are powered by the Kirin 980 SoC
  • The Nubia Red Magic Mars tops the AnTuTu December list
  • The OnePlus 6T sits on the eighth spot

Every month, benchmarking site AnTuTu reveals its top 10 smartphones list based on performance scores it receives. The December 2018 list is now out, and the Nubia Red Magic Mars smartphone has topped the list. The Nubia variant is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC found in many flagship devices launched last year, and also features 10GB of RAM. After Nubia Red Magic Mars, the next five phones are all powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC - the latest and greatest processor from Huawei's den. The Xiaomi Black Shark, OnePlus 6T, and the Nubia X also make it to the list.

AnTuTu has published the list of top 10 smartphones in December 2018, and on top of the list is the Nubia Red Magic Mars with an average benchmarking score of 320,464. The list includes phones benchmarked using AnTuTu v7 between December 1 and December 31 last year. The next five, as mentioned, are all Huawei and Honor phones powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC. The second on the list is the Huawei Mate 20 with 309,310 average score. The next four positions are filled by the Honor V20, Huawei Mate 20 X, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and Honor Magic 2, with all of them scoring an average score of 303,525, 304,096, 302,872 and 300,978 points respectively.

On the seventh position, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC sits with 3000,211 average benchmarking score. The OnePlus 6T takes the eighth spot with 296,278 average score, followed by the Xiaomi Black Shark device with 294,193 average score, and the Nubia X sits on the tenth position with 294,032 points.

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We can expect Snapdragon 855 SoC-based phones to release early this year, and the powerful SoC may shuffle this list in the coming months. The Sony Xperia XZ4 flagship series, the Galaxy S10 series, and the upcoming OnePlus flagship are all expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor, with the last confirmed to do so. For now, the Kirin 980 SoC and the Snapdragon 845 seem to enjoy most number of worthy mentions for the top 10 list of December 2018.